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Tip of the Day: Spare Tie

by James Joyner on 3 September 2009

red tie white shirt

Spencer Ackerman is learning this one the hard way, after having stained his tie ahead of his Al Jazeera English TV appearance: always keep a spare necktie at the office.  Preferably, one that goes with anything.  (Mine’s solid red with a subtle textured pattern.)

For good measure, I keep an old navy blazer and a spare white shirt there, too.  You never know when you’ll need ‘em, either because you’ve spilled something or because you suddenly need to be dressed more formally than you thought.

About James Joyner

James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway and the managing editor of a DC think tank. He's a former Army officer, Desert Storm vet, and college professor. He has a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama.

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12 September 2009 at 09:10

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1 John Burgess 5 September 2009 at 15:36

So long as we remain mired in a world where ties are a necessity, this is good advice.

Definitely agree that a solid color is easier to work into an abrupt wardrobe change. Solid, with no pattern, at that. But you have to do a bit of looking to find them.

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